Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton before the AFC wild card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI: Bengals Roundtable: Andy Dalton as a Franchise Quarterback


 

 

“What kind of season does Andy Dalton need to have in 2013 to make you feel comfortable that he truly is a franchise quarterback?”

 

Dustin Merrit

Really, he needs to just keep his career average during the last six games of the season.  His QBR has dropped 20 points at the end of last two seasons and playoffs.  Andy just needs to finish a season in my opinion.  If he can average around 230 yards a game with 1-2 touchdowns and a 67% accuracy, I’m ok with that, and I’m sure the defense could live with that.

 

Mitchell Wendling

Andy Dalton has had a solid first two seasons in the NFL.Dalton has completed 629 of 1,044 passes for just over a 60% completion percentage. Dalton has also thrown for 7,067 yards with 47 touchdowns to 29 interceptions. Solid numbers, but for Dalton to make me feel comfortable with him as a franchise quarterback, he is going to have to show me some improvement in some of the aspects of his game. Jay Gruden even said it – “there isn’t one phase of Andy’s game that he can’t improve on”. I’d like to see Andy to improve his deep ball accuracy and see him utilize his mobility more. At the end of the day, though, he is going to need to take us further into the postseason.

 

Walter Zaviski

The real question is what can Andy Dalton do to make people who hate him believe he is a franchise quarterback. There is always an excuse for the great things he’s done. From back to back playoff seasons, to the third-most touchdown passes in his first two seasons. A lot of the credit is given to the remarkable defense and A.J. Green. I love Dalton, but he’ll have to win a playoff game and dye his hair.

 

Jason Marcum

Towards the end of Andy Dalton’s first NFL season, I came to the conclusion that his ceiling as a pro would be the level Atalanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is playing at right now. He didn’t have the biggest arm early in his career either, but used great anticipation and accuracy to pick apart defenses on his way to becoming one of the top QBs in the game. I also believed the floor for Dalton’s potential was former Jets/Dolphins QB Chad Pennington. He had arguably the weakest arm of any starting NFL QB when he was in the league, and his lack of down-the-field accuracy made it easier for defenses to play his receivers tight and suffocate his offenses. That also lead to his 2-4 career playoff record, and Dalton is already off to an 0-2 start to his postseason career.

Andy is still only 25 years old, and history says he should continue to improve for at least two more seasons. While it’s unlikely he’ll develop the arm strength of the NFL’s elite QB class, if he can continue to improve his accuracy, anticipation, footwork, mechanics, and poise under pressure, he can become a top-10 QB in this league, and given the defense he has, as well as the offensive weapons, that should be good enough for the Bengals to become Super Bowl contenders.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=652125407 John D

    He needs to beat the elite teams when it counts. During preseason or at the end of the regular season when teams have made the playoffs and are resting their starters does not count. He also needs to go deep more and also get some playoff wins. Without these things, he is a mediocre quarterback at best.

  • CincinnatiMike

    It just stuns me when I read Cincinnati fans trashing AD. I mean why not just buy his and AJ’s ticket to the next team? The guy is 2 years in (Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady weren’t even on the field yet) and has been instrumental in taking a bottom-of-the-barrel franchise that was an embarrassment to the city and putting them on the map. He is not a prima donna (a major plus in and of itself given the last 20 years of Bengals folly!) who works hard and has done nothing but improve. He brings skill and integrity – leadership – to the team. His head is always in the game and his upside will not be determined by any critical flaws uncovered thus far, but by whether or not the Bengals can put and keep the right tools around him and eventually focus on protection. Rarely do you find one guy with all the tools and the mental focus to be THE guy, but with AD we have a pretty darn good combination.